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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2008
Well worth the $2. But not remotely worth the $7 shipping.

From a distance, this tassel is excellent, and its small size functions well for faster movements with the straightsword.

But if you look at it closely, it's poorly made; hardly any effort has been made to cover up the bulbous base that forms the shape. The strings over this base are so loose it's just hideous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2008
This was my first sword, and for the money it's not a bad buy for a first-timer.

However, beware the glamorous deception of the product image. It is in fact nowhere that lustrous or pretty; the scabbardis a dark, dull brown rather than red, same with the handle.

Also, don't expect anything near perfection or great care. Tiger Claw is not the most trustworthy company. The handle was nicked and uneven with a terrible paint job (I wrapped it myself in leather cord in the traditional Chinese style, it makes such a huge functional and aesthetic difference). The scabbard was split along both ends with the cracked wood coming out through the paint--you could see how cheap the material was (I just painted over this). The entry of the blade into the hilt is pretty unattractive, too, and not the sturdiest method.

Maybe this was just a lemon I happened to get, but I also ordered sword tassels from Tiger Claw, and the products were just as generic and shoddy.

The nylon carrying case doesn't make it more of a deal either; it doesn't come with any shoulder- or back-strap, so it's essentially no better than wrapping your sword in a cloth bundle and holding that in your hand.

Also, it's called a "Tai Chi Sword," but from experience I recommend getting spring steel (a little bit flexible in order to feel the vibrations of the tip, but not paper-thin) rather than wushu steel; the floppiness only serves to impress audiences with that clangy sound when you thrust fast like in the Wushu forms, and there's no way you'll ever be doing that in a Tai Ji form.

As a learning experience for understanding Chinese swords and personal modifications, this was worth the money. If you're looking for a finished product that you won't have to adjust or fix yourself, then invest in something more expensive and NOT Tiger Claw.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2007
This was my first introduction to a Tai Chi Sword and I am fortunate to have chosen a superior product. It is beautifully balanced and easy to handle. My next purchase is for my Tai Chi Master, who couldn't resist getting one after trying out mine. Additionally, having a choice in length is helpful for short persons like me.
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on July 10, 2007
I received my sword just before my Tuesday class and had the opportunity to use it today. I must say it handles quite beautifully compared to the swords found at my Gwan. It's flexibility is very impressive and the weight and balance is quite nice. I will continue to look at Tiger Claw for all of my martial arts weapons from now on!
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on April 25, 2010
i like it yup. oh but they did send me a red and white one when i ordered red. thats all
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on May 20, 2015
exactly as described super fast delivery
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2009
The product I received is no way resemble the image I have seen. It is black instead of the red shown on the advertising. The sword is to flimsy to be a standard Tai Chi sword, which is supposed to stand its own weight and remain straight. I have ordered swords with much better quality and cost less. This is most definitely a lousy deal.

Al
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